Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Preview: Hands on video

One of most impressive and best looking Android handset on display at Mobile World congress was definitively Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc with its super thin design and nice 4.2 inch screen. You can check out the hardware specifications here in case you didn’t know them yet. similar to the vast majority of the high-end Android phones being released the Xperia Arc features Qualcomm’s MSM8255 SoC with the Adreno 205 GPU. The device’s main differentiating features are the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA┬« Engine (FWVGA 854×480 and LED Back-lit but looks identical in quality to an SLCD panel IMO) the 8 Mpix Exmor R CMOS sensor (maximum aperture of f/2.4), mini-HDMI port and super thin design (only 8.7mm thick). So how does it all look like in real life? After handling it for a few minutes I can safely say that the Xperia Arc is one of the nicest phones out there. It may be a tiny bit too plasticy but size of the screen really makes it feel like something unique.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Hands on Preview

Want to see how the recently announced Sony Xperia Arc performs in real life? Here’s a in-depth hands-on courtesy of GSMArena who took the time to handle the device and shoot some videos of the product in action. The MSMS8255 powered handset seems to perform exactly like any other top end Android device on the market right now (Galaxy S, Desire HD) but this was frankly expected given that the hardware and OS here is nothing really new. Until Google fundamentally changes how the UI works on on samrtphone (similar to what they did with the “tablet” version of Android 3.0) we won’t see much difference in performance between Android devices. It was recently demonstrated in a video earlier this month that even Tegra 2 powered smartphone weren’t as snappy as the QSD8250 Window Phone 7 devices.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc specifications

Sony Ericsson has finally provided more info about the recently anounced Xperia Arc android hadset formely known as the Anzu. As I speculated a few days ago the device features a Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC (with the Adreno 205 GPU) and not an MSM7230 like the Anzu protoype handsets. Hit the break for the full hardware pecifications:

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Sleek looking Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Android device unveiled and hardware specifications

This must be one of the best looking smartphone┬áever. The Sony Ericsson Arc pictured above is apparently going to be announced and unveiled today in Las Vegas during CES and should be the company’s successor to the Xperia X10 (It was previously known as the Anzu). The hardware specifications are the following:

- 125x63x9 mm 8.7 mm only in the narrowest part
- 117 grams
- 1GHZ Qualcomm SoC (surprisingly some of the Anzu prototypes had an MSM7230 SOC clocked at 800Mhz but I would surprised if this one didn’t have an MSM8255)
- 4.2 inch 854×480 capacitive touch screen with Sony Mobile Bravia Engine Reality Display image enhancements
- 8Mpix camera with Sony Exmor R sensor
- 1500Mha battery
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Check out more pictures and a video presentation of the device after the break

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